The community user has been making some odd edits. I was wondering if anyone knows why? (I presume someone does!) The edits claim that they are "(Migrating) MSO links to MSE links". The links are changed, but so has the coding...

For example, in this question of mine it has added in <p>...</p> for new paragraphs, it has replaced *...* with <em>...</em> to italicise words, and it has replaced a "referenced" link with an inline one, that is,

Writing...I want to give a [link][2] then some more writing...

[2]: http://target-url

is replaced with

Writing...I want to give a <a href="http://target-url">link</a> then some more writing...

I find these edits odd because they are replacing what I presumed were the "proper" StackExchange coding with the more common stuff. I presume that these are the "proper" conventions because it is what you get if you click on the buttons above the box where you write or edit posts.


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See Should we unbugger the changes Community has just made, or will they be automatically fixed? at meta.stackexchange. (And other questions linked there.)

In short, recently meta.stackoverflow was split into http://meta.stackoverflow.com (which will serve as a meta for SO) and http://meta.stackexchange.com (which will serve as meta for the whole network). See here for some links containing more information about the split.

The community bot seems to be editing posts containing links in the formhttp://meta.stackoverflow.com/question/XXXXXX and replacing them by https://meta.stackexchange.com/question/XXXXXX. Unfortunately, the script contained some mistakes and apart from these replacements the Community bot also broke a few things. (Such as markup used in posts, & appearing in MathJax code, removing [tag:tag-name] wherever it is used, probably more....)

This was discussed on meta.stackexchange and SE developers are aware of it. According to this and this, there is a plan of rollback these changes soon. (Which will result in bumping lots of posts again, but the problem has to be corrected somehow.)

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    $\begingroup$ According to a comment by Oded on meta.stackexchange.com/questions/230288/… what was broken should be fixed and the posts got edited another time (and it seems without a second bump, though now it'd been almost irrelevant...) $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Apr 23, 2014 at 14:09
  • $\begingroup$ That last paragraph makes me wonder if it is possible for a Community edit to make a post CW? Or do those somehow not count for that purpose? $\endgroup$
    – tomasz
    Apr 29, 2014 at 23:09
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    $\begingroup$ @tomasz AFAIK the rule, that a post is automatically made CW after some number of edits, has been recently canceled. $\endgroup$ Apr 30, 2014 at 4:33

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